Tourist Tip #23 / Jerusalem International Arts and Crafts Fair

Tap into your artsy side in the City of Gold with the 37th installment of this beloved cultural event, but hurry -- it ends Saturday.

Arts and crafts aficionados have just two days left to catch this celebration of design and diversity at the Khutzot Hayotzer Arts and Crafts Center opposite the Tower of David in Jerusalem.

This popular cultural event is now in its 37th year and has become something of a tradition for local art-lovers. As it’s closed on Friday, you have today (Thursday) and Saturday night to enjoy the festivities, which include free nightly concerts at 21:00, held at the Sultan’s Pool nearby or at the center itself (entrance is on a first-come-first-served basis).

The Israeli Pavilion section of the fair showcases work by more than 150 Israeli artists and craftsmen, including ceramics, paintings, prints, textiles, metalwork, woodwork and more. The International Pavilion plays host to artists from across the globe, and you can also check out the Eastern Fair, which includes a myriad selection of ethnic exhibits such as Syrian furniture, Armenian ceramics and a Bedouin tent.

Other attractions include a section devoted to student and graduate work from the renowned Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and a variety of child-friendly events, such as the Chinese dragon-doll workshop being held today.

If you get peckish you can head to the international food fair, which has a wide range of stands hawking tantalizing tastes from the global kitchen. There’s also a wine and cheese bar and the Tav Café, which holds regular performances and offers activities such as yoga, storytelling or portrait-painting to go with your refreshments.

Opening hours: Thur 18.00-23.00; Sat 21.00-23.00
Prices: NIS 60 for adults; NIS 35 for children aged 5-12. Family tickets are also available.
Details: (02) 623-7000;